• World Golf Final

Rose edges Woods to reach final

ESPN staff
October 11, 2012
Tiger Woods found himself edged out by Justin Rose in the World Golf Final semi-finals © PA Photos

Justin Rose enjoyed a stroke of luck at the 14th to turn his World Golf Final semi-final with Tiger Woods on its head and set up an all-English final with Lee Westwood in Turkey.

After both producing a string of birdies en route to comfortable wins in this morning's rescheduled final group stage matches, Woods - who ended world No. 1 Rory McIlroy's slim chances of progressing the morning - and Rose struggled to replicate that form on a warm afternoon in Belek Antalya.

Woods opened with a par, bogey and birdie but still emerged with a one-shot lead through the first three holes.

After recovering to reach the turn level with Woods at one-over, Rose again found himself trailing by two shots after the 12th, but a birdie at the 13th was followed by an eagle two when his approach pitched inches beyond the hole before spinning in.

Woods could only manage a par in response to trail by one stroke with four to play, and with both men picking up another shot before the 18th it was Rose who booked his spot in the final with a two-under 69 for a one-stroke victory.

While Rose and Woods struggled to match their birdie-laced efforts of the morning's matches, Westwood was even more impressive in the afternoon, handing Charl Schwartzel his first defeat of the tournament with a near-flawless round of 61.

The final score might have been even better for Westwood but for a double-bogey at the fourth, but the Group B runner-up was in fine form and carded his second eagle of the round when his approach to the par-four ninth dropped in, before adding birdies on the 10th and 11th to open up a three-stroke lead.

Two more birdies effectively ended the contest at the 15th as the Englishman continued to showed his fine touch on the greens in Turkey, holing a 30ft putt on the 18th to cap a six-stroke victory over the South African.

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